The rule would allow a man to have a tattoo in that area, but not a woman.

In what appears to be a case of unintentional discrimination, a Maine woman might not be able to enlist in the Marines because of a tattoo.

The area of the tattoo (her lower neck/upper chest) would be covered by a men's uniform, but not by a woman's. Therefore, a woman with a tattoo in that area would be violating the rules set regarding tattoos.

What the tattoo says is actually a very positive and inspiring message:

 "Let your smile change the world but never let the world change you"

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) wrote to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller on her behalf, asking that the decision be reconsidered.

Should the rules regarding tattoos be changed to make it more fair for women?

The tattoo around Kate Pimental's neckline reads: “Let your smile change the world but never let the world change you.”

Posted by Portland Press Herald on Monday, 22 February 2016